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Sunday, May 11 2014 05:22 PM

Mother's Day maternity opportunity: It's a girl!

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    By Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian

    Aria Grace Castro, who arrived at 5:12 a.m. Sunday, is held by her mother, Emily Castro. Aria was the first baby born at San Joaquin Community Hospital on this special day.

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    By Rod Thornburg/ Special tp The Californian

    New mother Emily Castro holds her baby, Aria Grace Castro, who was born at 5:12 a.m. Sunday at San Joaquin Community Hospital. At left is the baby's grandmother, Julia Salazar. Aria was the hospital's first baby of the day on Mother's Day.

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    By Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian

    What a Mother's Day gift for this first-time 20-year-old mother. Aria Grace Castro came into this world at 5:12 a.m. Sunday and is held by her mother, Emily Castro. Aria was the first baby born at San Joaquin Community Hospital on this special day.

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    By Rod Thornburg / Special to The Californian

    Aria Grace Castro, who arrived at 5:12 a.m. Sunday, is held by her mother, Emily Castro. Aria was the first baby to be born at San Joaquin Community Hospital on this Mother's Day.

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BY STEVE LEVIN Californian staff writer slevin@bakersfield.com

A few months ago, 20-year-old Emily Castro went to her grandmother and complained about getting fat.

Then she found out she was five months pregnant.

Just after 5 a.m. Sunday, on Mother's Day, she gave birth to Aria Grace Castro, and her life, as she knew it, changed forever.

That afternoon, by the time she met with the media in her room at San Joaquin Community Hospital's Maternity Care Center to talk about the hospital's first baby of Mother's Day, she was getting used to the idea of motherhood.

"I don't personally know anybody who had a baby on Mother's Day," she said while cuddling Aria, who was swaddled and capped and totally at ease despite the several cameras in the room.

"It feels kind of special."

Before the birth, Castro was unsure of the baby's gender. Two separate ultrasounds confirmed it would be a boy; the doctor said girl. Castro had hoped for the former, as she's always been more of a tomboy than what she calls "a girlie-girl."

Her brother and three sisters had their own concerns. Castro is the oldest child and has earned the nickname "Sergeant" from her siblings for her strict no-nonsense demeanor around the house.

"They're scared my baby's going to be like me," Castro said.

She was due May 6, came to the hospital intially on May 8 and then returned home, where of course she went into labor Saturday while waiting until there was room for her at the hospital.

"I finally got the epidural and it was smooth" after that, she said.

Aria was 18 inches long and weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces, with brown eyes and, according to Castro, her own point of view.

"I can tell she's going to have an attitude," Castro said.

Her first thought after she got "stitched up" from the birth was "Oh no! I'm going to have to learn how to do hair."

Her second was "that I didn't have to get my mother a gift because I got her this one."

Her mom, Julia Salazar, was indeed happy about her second grandchild.

"I fell in love with this one as soon as she was out," Salazar said. "We weren't expecting a Mother's Day baby but it's great."

In the wise ways mothers have, she noted her daughter, who lives at home, will have a learning curve to negotiate.

"I think it's going to be an adjustment," she said.

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